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Medical Assistance

Minnesota’s Medicaid program provides the widest window of income acceptance in the nation. As the program has seen high enrollment and great success, Medicaid keeps the low-income population of Minnesota insured. At the current time, Medical Assistance covers pregnant women, families, children, non-disabled, childless adults age 21-64, persons over age 65, and those with disabilities. Eligibility and income guidelines depend on the group you belong to in relation to the year’s Federal Poverty Level. Those who qualify have the ability to receive free health insurance coverage for an array of benefits.

Medical Assistance (MA) is available to residents of Minnesota, who are U.S. citizens or qualified immigrants, though some coverage may also available to noncitizens. Pregnant women who are not legal immigrants for the duration of their pregnancy, and others may be able to receive coverage for a medical emergency. 19 and 20 year old residents are also able to get coverage for basic health needs, whether living with parents or on their own. Though there may be premium for coverage, people under 21 are not charged copays.


Medical Assistance Eligibility

Qualifying for Medical Assistance depends on your age, whether you are pregnant or disabled, how many people live with you, if you have children, and your income and assets. If you meet the income criteria for a certain category, you will be accepted for MA. Typically people who have no other source of health insurance and cannot afford a plan elsewhere will qualify, yet sometimes people who already have insurance are also eligible for some assistance.


Income Guidelines

The income threshold for Medicaid changes each year with the current federal poverty guideline.

Pregnant Women 275%

Infants under 2 275%

Children ages 2-18 275%

Parent (unemployed or employed) 215%

Childless Adults  133%

Aged, Blind, or Disabled 100%

Individual: $3,000 asset limit

Couple:  $6,000 asset limit


Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB) 102%

MA covers your premiums, coinsurance, and deductibles.


Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB) 122%

MA covers your premiums only.


Qualifying Individuals 137%

MA covers Medicare Part B premiums only.


Qualified Working Disabled 202%

MA pays for Medicare Part A premiums if not free.

Individual: $4,000 asset limit

Couple: $6,000 asset limit


Covered Benefits

Minnesota’s Medical Assistance program covers a comprehensive set of medical services for its members, some of which may be free and others are available for a copay. Pregnant women and children under age 21 are not required to pay copayments with their covered services. Based on the eligibility group for which you qualify, and your individual medical needs, the following categories of care will be covered by MA.

  • Doctor visits
  • Dental care
  • Hospital services
  • Prescriptions
  • Preventive care, including immunizations
  • Vision care and eyewear
  • Family planning
  • Hearing aids
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Chiropractic care
  • Mental health care


Managed Care

Members of the Medical Assistance program have the choice between fee-for-service care or being part of a health plan. Several managed care organizations offer MA coverage through a contracted provider network of doctors and hospitals who offer services to Medicaid members. Like an HMO, an MCO will require you to choose a primary care physician to coordinate your health care right after you select which health plan to join. Throughout the state of Minnesota, these are the health plans offering managed care for MA.


Blue Plus

Blue Advantage (MA): (651) 662-5545 or 800-711-9862

Delta Dental: (651) 406-5907 or 800-774-9049



MA and HealthPartners Dental: (952) 967-7998 or 866-885-8880


Hennepin Health

MA for low-income adults without children: 800-647-0550

Delta Dental: (651) 406-5907 or 800-774-9049


Itasca Medical Care

IMCare (MA): 800-843-9536



Medica Choice Care (MA): (952) 992-2322 or 800-373-8335

Delta Dental: (651) 406-5919 or 800-459-8574


PrimeWest Health

PrimeWest Health (MA): 866-431-0801

PrimeWest Health Dental: 866-431-0801


South Country Health Alliance

South Country Health Alliance (MA): 866-567-7242

DentaQuest: 800-516-2940



UCare (MA): (612) 676-3200 or 800-203-7225

DentaQuest: 800-896-2372



How to Apply

Use ApplyMN to enroll in Medical Assistance securely online, or print a form and send it to the address indicated on the application. Both the paper and online applications will let you know what information you need to provide in order to complete the form correctly and thoroughly. They even have a FAQ and a PDF offering guides to filling out the application for assistance, available on the Application Forms page of the DHS website. If you have further application questions, contact your local county health department.


Minnesota Health Care Programs application (PDF)



Medical Assistance

MN Health Care Programs Member Help Desk

(651) 431-2670 or 800-657-3739





1. Minnesota Department of Human Services. “Medical Assistance.” http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=id_006254.

2. Kaiser State Health Facts. “Medicaid & CHIP – Minnesota.” http://www.statehealthfacts.org/profileind.jsp?sub=47&rgn=25&cat=4.

3. Minnesota Department of Human Services. “Who is Eligible – Minnesota Health Care Programs.” http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=dhs16_144033.